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Smoked 30 Year Old Balkan Sobranie

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  • Started 5 years ago by shaintiques
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  1. shaintiques

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    So Condorlover sent me a sample of Balkan Sobranie. He bought the tin in 1985 and it has been gathering dust until recently when he divided it up and sent it out to some folks. I got a sample big enough for about 5 bowls. I saw a tin of this era sell on ebay recently for $460. At the time I thought that price was crazy and still do to some extent. It made me think of big Game tickets like the Super Bowl that sell for thousands of dollars. And the question arises what would you do, go to the game or sell the tickets? I'de probably sell the tickets, but after smoking this vintage Balkan Sobranie, if someone gave me a sealed 30 year old tin, I would crack that baby open and smoke it. It was that good! I savored every single puff.

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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  2. condorlover1

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    I happy you enjoyed it chum!

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    Blessed as i don't think in my lifetime i would have a chance at smoking something that old.Glad for ya.keep puffin on brothers.

    The constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people,it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government-less it come to dominate our likes and interest.God bless america.(patrick henry)
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    I'd live to read your "in-session" review/remarks as your burning a bowl. I can only assume that it has mellowed and married quite nicely after all those years.

    De gustibus et cloribus non disputandum.
    'There is no arguing about tastes and colours.'
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    Dave, glad to hear you really enjoyed it. That was very cool of Condor to send you some.

    Harris
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    That must've been fantastic Dave. Nice gesture condor!

    Jordan

    "The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead." - Marjorie Pay Hinckley
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    Very generous, Simon.

    shaintiques, glad you enjoyed the BS. misterlowercase sent me a sample last year (I still have one bowl left) and it was an amazing smoke -- so smooth, yet fragrant and FULL of flavor. Definitely that's one tobacco that has earned its reputation.

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    It was great freshly packed in 1985 too. Mellow before ageing I have to wonder was it too mellow?

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    I didn't find it to be so.. The taste was very rich from the first puff to the last.

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    What a rare privilege to bestow upon a fellow piper! Good goin' Condor! Very selfless, thoughtful gesture.
    I'm happy to hear that it was all it's cracked-up to be.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    A very nice gesture. There's nothing like finding an old forgotten tin. I found an unopened tin of Macbaren's Mixture from 1977 in my parents basement that I forgot about. That was a special day and I too shared it with fellow pipers.
    Something like that begs to be shared with others.
    Well done, condor.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    Congrats Dave - very fine gesture by condor too.

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    Nice gesture Condor and good on you Dave. I just tried some Sobranie from the Box Pass. I am normally only an aro smoker but thought I would give it a go because I have heard so much about this stuff. I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised. What a great smoke.

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    Go to the game, life is short and they are printing billions of money daily.

    Curious what was paid for that tin in 1985. Wish I had of started stashing away some way back then.

    Good salary then in Canada was around $30,000. Let's say that tin cost around $2 back then.
    Good salary in Canada now is $65,000. Tin would now cost $18.00?

    That is one hell of a return in 30 years. 10 tins stashed away cost $20 n could sell for $4,000

    Ok, now I am really upset lol.

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    Salmonfisher, you just gave me a great retirement idea.....at least that's what I can tell my wife when I start buying my cellar tobacco.

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    Honestly, I can see a complete ban on all baccy coming, just not sure how long it will take.

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  17. metalheadycigarguy

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    Great gesture from Condor to share with fellow pipe smokers. Glad you enjoyed it. I love Balkan Sobranie, and I can only imagine how much better an aged tin would be.

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